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Storm drain on BLM project dominates Feb. 8 Kanab City Council meeting
During the work meeting of the Kanab City Council on February 8, Kendall Brooksby and others spoke of the need to preserve as much of the original 1924 Kanab Stake Center as possible when the LDS church at the corner of Center and Main in Kanab is demolished and rebuilt.
“It will be cultural insanity to remove the original building along with all of the additions,” said Brooksby.
The 2007 Kanab City ordinances, with the downtown overlay, had nothing in it tied to historical preservation. The church in the center of Kanab needs extensive infrastructure upgrading that was found to be prohibitively costly, prompting church leaders to favor tearing down the existing church and building a new structure. “Go beyond regulations,” said another concerned citizen, “and preserve our heritage.”
Budget adjustments were discussed at the regular meeting with City Manager Duane Huffman stating that overall city revenues were down, but building fees associated with the new Public Safety Facility, aka the new prison/jail, increased.
A million dollars in Kanab airport improvements, courtesy of the State Dept. of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, were cited as positive contributions.
Librarian Dickie Robinson asked the city for $3500 more to operate and staff the Kanab library, or library hours and/or services may have to be reduced. The council will look at fees for using the multi-purpose room at the library when deliberating this and other budget concerns in subsequent meetings.
The remainder of the Tuesday night meeting was taken up with a prolonged discussion of storm drain sizes for the area around the new BLM building being built just south of the Kanab fire station. This area has long been a flood zone after heavy rains, as seen recently last June and December.
The BLM has agreed to pay $154,000 toward the cost of an 18-inch diameter pipe to handle water coming off of their property. However, city engineers are recommending an upgrade to a 32-inch pipe to handle not only the drainage off the BLM site, but that flowing down from the north side of town. This would increase the total cost to $311,000. The city would consider having its public works department provide the labor to install the pipe.
Public Works Director Keith Robinson stated that even a 32-inch pipe would soon be antiquated. “A 48-inch pipe would handle a 100 year flood event, but our crew could not handle placement of anything beyond a 32-inch pipe,” he said.
The cost of a 48-inch pipe would be $469,000 and the council then discussed where that money could be found. One scenario involved using $200,000 from the general fund and “borrowing” the rest from the Water and Sewer Fund, which is entirely separate from the general fund and has a healthy balance of about $2 million in it.
The council favors the 48-inch pipe, which could handle most storm events – carrying the collected water off to Kanab Creek. However, they would have to approve any future transfer of money (loan) from the Water and Sewer Fund.